Employment and the internet

We have been in the process of hiring for a couple of positions at work lately. Several people have been crossed off the list after good interviews, but background checks and searches of their names on the internet.

Every time I hear that we’ve ruled someone out because of a background check, it makes me uneasy. If BlinkonCrime had published it’s libelous and factually inaccurate article before I was hired, I would likely be crossed of the list for hiring.

Is a possible employer going to do a thorough search to determine whether or not I was every actually a suspect of any crime? Probably not. A search of my name brings up a blog post disguised as reporting as it relates to the abduction of a child. Any possible employer who finds that will likely stop looking there and move on. A cruel twist there, is that after finding that “article”, I’m pretty sure it would be against the law for them to ask me about it.


So, if I ever have to find a job again (which I don’t plan, as I really like the one I have and am really good at it), how should I approach the interview?


“By the way, just in case you Google me, here is a letter from TPD, disregard the erroneous reporting of the ego driven profiteer who wrote the article you’ll find.”


Yep, that’s the right foot to start out on.


What’s particularly disturbing about this, is that Christina Stoy doesn’t care. She isn’t interested in truth. She isn’t interested in the real story. She isn’t interested in correcting her mistakes, printing the letter from TPD, she isn’t interested in attempting to control any of the damage she’s done. What even more disturbing, is that the list of people like me, innocent people accused by authorities and investigators of no crime, but whose names have been disparaged by BlinkonCrime and Christina Stoy is a substantial one.